Rail Innovation & Development Centres

Our dedicated test facilities provide safe and reliable testing environments for new and modified technology within the rail industry

We own and operate two Rail Innovation & Development Centres (RIDCs) in Britain, one in Melton Mowbray in Leicestershire and the other in Tuxford in Nottinghamshire. We are the lead for the UKRRIN Centre of Excellence in Testing. The team that runs these RIDCs is part of our Safety, Technical and Engineering directorate.

These two test facilities are strategically very important because they provide a safe environment where new and modified rolling stock, plant, on-track machines, infrastructure, equipment and technology can be tested – either by us or the rail industry. These facilities are also available for training.

Safe and reliable testing at our RIDCs

RIDC Melton and RIDC Tuxford both closely represent the operational railway and include many characteristics found across our national network, making them a safe and reliable testing environment for the railway of the future.

RIDC Melton

This purpose-built facility is designed to support testing at high and low speeds, with two separate tracks, including 11 miles with overhead line equipment. Find out about the facilities and types of testing that can be carried out here

RIDC Tuxford

This former cross-country line provides 10 miles of single line test track with a three-mile double section. Find out about the facilities and types of testing that can be carried out here

Interested in using our RIDCs?

Please complete this form and email it to RIDC@networkrail.co.uk to enquire about testing at RIDC Melton or RIDC Tuxford.